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Lamprocapnos spectabilis

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (L.) Fukuhara

Dicentra spectabilis (L.) Lem.

Bleeding Hearts

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassMagnoliidaeIncludes magnolias, nutmeg, bay laurel, cinnamon, avocado, black pepper, and many others
OrderPapaveralesA group that includes buttercups and other poisonous plants
FamilyFumariaceaeFumitory, fumewort, or bleeding-heart family
GenusLamprocapnosFrom Greek lampros, “shining,” and Latin capno, “head”
Speciesspectabilis

About plant names...

Bleeding hearts have very attractive pink heart-shaped flowers. They are native to Siberia, Japan, Korea, and northern China. They are very popular in U.S. gardens.

Identification: All bleeding-hearts have pillowy, heart-shaped flowers with a white longer petal hanging from the bottom. See Dicentra for a comparison table.

Edibility: Poisonous. Skull & Crossbones May also cause a rash in some people.

Online References:

Lamprocapnos spectabilis at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Lamprocapnos spectabilis on Perennial Resource

Lamprocapnos spectabilis on Dave’s Garden

Lamprocapnos spectabilis on CalPhotos

Lamprocapnos spectabilis on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Bleeding Hearts)

5/12/2007 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Bleeding Hearts)

5/31/2010 · Mt. Lebanon St., Pepperell, MA
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 13 cm)

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Bleeding Hearts)

5/29/2014 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 5 × 5" (13 × 13 cm)

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Bleeding Hearts)

6/26/2005 · Parents’ Landscaping, Falmouth, ME

Lamprocapnos spectabilis description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Bleeding Hearts)

5/12/2007 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Bleeding Hearts)

5/29/2014 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 7 × 6" (16 × 16 cm)

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Bleeding Hearts)

5/8/2007 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 5 × 3½" (13 × 8.8 cm)

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Bleeding Hearts)

Young foliage · 4/24/2007 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 9 × 6" (22 × 14 cm)

Range: Zones 3-9:

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